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15 gifts for petrolheads this Christmas

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Even when it’s too late, it’s not too late. Find the perfect gift for the petrolhead in your life with our handy guide.


  1. Project CARS


There’s rarely a shortage of driving games to choose from come Christmas time but Project CARS is a little bit different. Crowd-funded and with input from genuine racers such as Ben Collins and Anthony Hamilton, Project CARS goes for the sim approach; stunning visuals and dynamic weather catch the eye but it’s the sophistication of the dynamics that sets it apart.

Best of all it’s available for PS4, Xbox and PC and is compatible with Occulus Rift if you’re lucky enough to have one. Be prepared to be unpopular by Boxing Day.  From £40

2. Gran Turismo 6

2014 GTI Roadster
It might be the elder statesman in the gaming world but GT6 still has plenty to offer. Polyphony have rolled out a number of updates over the last year, including extra tracks, a whole host of new cars including the Vision Gran Turismo models and even a track creator. £10.99

3. Forza 6

Forza Motorsport 6
The biggest driving title on Xbox is the still box-fresh Forza, bigger and better than ever. There’s twice as many cars as on Forza 5 with 450 models and new features such as wet-weather and night races. The ‘Drivatar’ computer racers continue, allowing you to race someone who will occasionally be just as daft and unpredictable as an online racer. From £49.99

4. And On That Bombshell by Richard Porter

And On That Bombshell


Ever watched a TV programme called Top Gear? Well millions did every Sunday night for a decade, and if you’ve ever laughed during a 60-minute episode then there’s a very good chance the joke was written by Richard Porter.

As script editor for Top Gear Porter worked closely with May, Hammond and Clarkson and producer Andy Wilman to create the entertainment behemoth that made megastars of the trio and as you might expect from a programme that had some innuendo, Tom Cruise and things catching on fire, there was just as much hilarity happening off-screen. Porter takes you through the troubled beginnings, the behind-the-scenes shennangins and the ideas that never took off. From £9.99

5. Moto GP 2015 Season Review by Julian Ryder

Moto GP 2015 Season Review
It’s been a tumultuous season in all three levels of MotoGP but this year in particular has been great for British riders, with Danny Kent and Sam Lowes taking victories in Moto3 and Moto2. At the top it was a constant battle between team mates Rossi and Lorenzo, with the latter ultimately claiming the top prize. Published just two weeks after the season end this review covers every race in detail with spectacular photography. £29.99

6. Haynes Cutaway Colouring Owners’ Paintshop Manual


Haynes Cutaway Colouring Owners’ Paintshop Manual

On the one hand it seems absurd that grown adults could be nostalgic about workshop manuals, but they’re an ever-present at some of the most rewarding (and stressful) times you’ve spent underneath a car. They also have a unique and appealing visual style, which is why this latest Haynes offering could be just the ticket for the big kid in your life.

The Cutaway Colour Owners’ Paintshop Manual has 90 meticulously-detailed cutaway drawings for them to pour of – or colour in to their heart’s content. £7.99.

7. Nextbase 402G dashcam

Nextbase iN-CAR CAM 402G (dash-cam, dashboard camera)
Being involved in a road accident is a nightmare at any time of year. Installing an in-car camera could save a lot of time and expense if you’re hit by an errant driver. From £150

8. Diono Warm ‘N Go

Diono Warm 'N Go
Parenthood is hard at the best of times, but add winter weather and having to travel into the equation and you have a combination that would make Super Nanny think about staying home. However Diono have come up with a handy gadget called the Warm ‘N Go which as the name suggests can warm bottles or drinks in a matter of minutes via your car’s 12v socket. It’s safe too with a fuse to ensure no overheating. From £12.

9. Alcosense Pro and Ultra Breathalysers

Alcosense Ultra and Pro
Alcosense has introduced two new models dubbed Pro and Ultra, which both feature a ‘blow coach’ to ensure you give an accurate sample, adjustable settings for various countries and even an estimate for the time you will be fit to drive. From £129.99

10. Turtle Wax Gift Bag

Turtle Wax Gift Bag
If you like to keep your car clean, or perhaps you’d rather someone else took better care of it in future, a gift bag from Turtle Wax is the ideal way to ensure a spotless motor in future. From £24.99

11. Karcher Pressure Washer

Karcher K7 pressure washer

The easiest way to make a cleaning job easy (and dare it be said, fun) is to use the appropriate power tool, so for cleaning your car or a host of other things around the home and garden the Karcher K7 has it all covered. From £400.

12. Stunt Drive experience

Stunt Drive UK (two wheels)
If you’ve ever wondered how in car chases they drive on two wheels, perform 306 degree spins and park in tiny spaces using the handbrake (and without using CGI) then wonder no more. StuntDriveUK deliver an experience like no other, where you can learn all of these tricks and stunts and more in complete safety. From £49

13. Caterham Drift Academy

Caterham Drift Champion

Caterhams arguably provide the most fun you can have on four wheels, and should you be in the market for a driving experience the same rule applies. The Drift Academy teaches you all about the art of sliding sideways, which also involves plenty of tyre smoke and booting the throttle. You can also try a track driving experience or even hire a Caterham for the public road. From £199.

14. LaFerrari model at 1:8 scale

Ferrari car

Is it your dream to own a Ferrari? Well for £5,050 you can – sort of. This model is the perfect gift for fans of the prancing horse marque.

15. Ladies Ferrari Cavallino Rampante bomber jacket, £990

Ferrari jacket

It’s not just the cars that Ferrari get right – their fashion range is definitely worthy of a place in this gift guide too. This leather bomber jacket should be at the top of any petrolhead’s list. Priced £990.